Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed Jack Wilshere to win a spot in England's Euro 2016 squad despite the midfielder not playing a single game this season through injury.
"I believe that it's very important for his confidence that he can go to the Euros and he can play. For England as well it's important that they have a player of his quality available," said Wenger at a press conference.
Wilshere, who has 28 England caps but has endured a stop-start career punctuated by a number of injury problems, has been out since suffering a leg fracture in the close season. Wenger, however, said it would not be a gamble for England manager Roy Hodgson to include him in his squad for the European championships in June and July.
"When you're a national team coach you wonder, you can take a gamble, should you consider it a gamble on one [player], certainly not on five. So you consider the whole situation, on one player you can certainly take a chance...why not, you know?" said Wenger.